Cast: Simran, Jodika
Shiva and Deva (Ajit Kumar) are twin brothers. Deva the older is deaf
and mute and runs a very successful company. Younger brother Shiva runs
around jobless and having fun. Shiva sees Priya (Simran) many times on the
street and falls in love with her, but as a previous prospective Romeo (Livingston)
discovered, Priya has certain rules for the man who's going to love her
such as 1) he should have once been a drunkard and a smoker but now should
have quit and 2) he should've previously loved another girl but been
dumped by her. So Shiva, hearing all of this, makes up a whole lie about
how he used to love a girl named Sonna (Jothika) and how she had dumped
him and Priya falls in love with him. Eventually, the truth is discovered,
but Priya forgives him and the two plan to be married.
Enter brother Deva, who also saw Priya in North India, and also fell in
love with her -- but more in love with her body than her. When he finds
out Shiva and Priya are in love, he becomes a maniac, and after their
marriage, tries his level best to stop them from conjugating their
marriage. He wants Priya for himself.
Brother Shiva though won't listen to Priya's accusations against his
The climax comes when Priya and Shiva go on honeymoon to North India where
Priya's friends are (her friend's husband played by Rajiv) but Deva
follows. Deva and Shiva fight and Shiva is wounded and sent away, and Deva
pretends to be Shiva to attain Priya.
A very well-done movie abutted by some great performances. The first half
of the movie goes on one track and the second goes on another. The first
half is a love story, but done more interestingly than the usual "boy-meets-girl,
boy-falls-in-love, girl-falls-in-love" tradition. The entire storyline
with Jothika (Nagma's little sister) is hilarious, and whenever Priya digs
herself deeper into Shiva's lies, you feel like laughing out loud. Ajit
and Simran are very charismatic together.
The second half of the movie, far more sinister, is where every main actor
is allowed to try out their acting abilities. This was the first movie I
was amazed at Ajit Kumar's acting -- he executes both characters of Shiva
and Deva with panache. They act differently, they walk differently, they
look differently, they cry differently. Ajit made the normally
unacceptable character of Deva come to life and seem believable, and
pulled off the good-guy-turned-murderer role with much more talent that
Vijay would later
this year in "Kannukul Nilavu."
Simran also proves she isn't just a glamor doll in the second half of the
movie. She pulls off the tortured sister-in-law but loving wife role very
well and is very convincing.
The comedy track is executed by Vivek, who wrote his own comedy for this
movie; the comedy is mediocre.
S.J. Surya has pulled off a very good film.
NOTE ON THE MUSIC:
The music is very well written and composed and several tunes are hummably
pleasing. "Nila nila" was a hit with Indian teenage girls, and the dancing
choreography for that song is very well done. "Oh Sonna" also has a bouncy
tune, and "Vannil Kayuthae" and "Inru Muthal Iravu" were also well done.
Definitely watch it in the theater.